London Festival Of Photography

The London Festival of Photography is now on and there are a number of exhibitions throughout various venues in London. Recently I visited the Fizrovia Community Centre to see Inside Out, Reflections on the Public and the Privite and Behind Closed Doors exhibitions.
Here are some of the really impressive images from these exhibitions

London Festival of Photography
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Local London: Richmond

Richmond Riverside

Spring is finally here. A whole weekend of glorious sunshine, I don’t need another proof.
When the sun shines over London, there is no other way to spend your weekend but lying in its Greens and parks.
My favourite place to enjoy sunny London is Richmond. Famous for Richmond Park and its aristocratic neighbourhood, Richmond is a great place to spend a day off.
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My Favourite Night Outs in London

I have had a few attempts in the past to write about what’s on in London as well as recommendations for my favourite restaurants, bars, clubs, places of interest and interesting shows I see. As part of my resolution for becoming a better blogger this year, hopefully I will be a bit more regular in writing about London.

Now, for a start, here is a list of some of my favourite clubs and bars for a Saturday night out.

Sugar Cane, Clapham Junction, London

Me & Sofia in Sugar Cane

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London During The August Bank Holiday Weekend

Yay! It’s the last bank holiday weekend for this year! There are plenty of events going on in London during the weekend. Don’t forget the Notting Hill Carnival, SW4 and Get Loaded In The Park Festivals. It is the last weekend of Camden Fringe Festival too, so check out what shows you can see. Two movies which I plan to see are now in cinemas, the French film Beautiful Lies starring Audrey Tautou and One Day with Anne Hathaway bases on David Nicholas’ famous novel. I plan to see One Day next weekend. It will be screened open air in Richmond park, weather permitting of course. The last few years I have enjoyed Notting Hill Carnival and Get Loaded In The Park Festival during the August bank holiday, so this weekend I am off to Bournemouth. This is my first time trip to Dorset, so I am very excited. I only hope the weather will be…, well, dry. It is not summer in the UK anymore, (ss if summer, ever was here). I will share my Bournemouth travel tips later on.
Enjoy the weekend whatever the weather and whatever you have planned to do!

Camden Fringe & Upstairs at the Gatehouse

During August Edinburgh hosts two great summer festivals, The Edinburgh Fringe and Edinburgh International. For the last 5 year I had been planing to visit Edinburgh in August for the festivals. I have been so irresponsible in booking a trip that I actually never visited it. As you can imagine neither am I going this summer.

But why I am talking about Edinburgh? I’ll visit it when I visit it.

Luckily here, in London, there is a smaller version of The Fringe festival organized by Camden council. Theatre and comedy performances are all over north London from August 1st till August 28th.

Last Saturday, we went to see a play in Upstairs at the Gatehouse theatre. The show was a part of Camden Fringe festival. Upstairs at the Gatehouse is a small theatre on the second floor of a pub near Archway and Highgate stations. It is one of the most fab places I have been. It feels very arty and there are great plays on that cannot be seen anywhere in the West End. The theatre itself is very small for no more than a hundred visitors and it feels very close with the actors. They even shake hands with the first row of the audience at the end of the show. The decor is simple yet very creative and gives a great atmosphere. What is best is that you are allowed to get a drink from the bar and take it with you in the theatre.

We watched the comedy play The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. The plot is set in 1920s Monte Carlo where the English aristochracy has reatreated for the summer. It is a funny comedy of lies, intrigue and love. The performances end today, so if you haven’t seen it, watch out if there would some other performances of the play in the future, I definately recommend it.

Upstairs at the Gatehouse has some really nice shows lined up so if you are up for a night of culture combined with pub drinks and food, keep checking what’s on.
And Camden Frindge is still on until Sunday so there is still might be something you’d like to see.

Things To Do In London This Weekend

  • Visit Royal Albert Hall and enjoy classical music with BBC Proms. This Saturday at 7.30.m you can see Prom 40: Comedy Prom with the rock ‘n roll superstar Tim Minchin for a great evening of comedy and musical fun. Prom 41 on Sunday starts at 7.00p.m. and presents a recreation of a Britten concert from 1963.
  • Visit Royal Academy of Arts. This weekend is the last chance to see the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition which is a contemporary art exhibition featuring new and recent works of established and emerging artists.
  • Canary Wharf Jazz Festival. Friday night marks the beginning of three day of jazz music at Canada Square, Canary Wharf. It is a free event and you can enjoy jazz music from all over the world all days Saturday and Sunday.
  • See a film. Curzon cinemas show some really good movies this month including Salt of Life, The Skin I Live In (by Pedro Almodovar) and Sarah’s Key (with Kristen Scott Thomas).
  • Visit Somerset House. There are plenty of events in Somerset house inlcluding open air cinema screening, art exhibition, fashion shows and many more.